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ONA Community Navigators

The New York State Office for New Americans has established a new program to localize leadership throughout New York State with a focus on providing accurate and reliable information to low-income immigrant and refugee communities. Additionally, these ONA Community Navigators will be leading local roundtable discussions with traditional and non-traditional immigration allies, workforce development programs, community conversations to build bridges and relationships between communities, and navigator trainings to enhance advocacy and organizational skills.

The ONA Community Navigator Program is the first State program of its kind in the country that creates a network of local leadership to support low-income immigrant and refugee communities with a variety of economic and cultural programming.

ONA Community Navigators

Region: North Country
Navigator: Kim La Reau
Center: JCEO Joint Council
54 Margaret St, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: 518-561-6310 x348

Region: New York City
Navigator: Shivani Damera
Center: Asian American Federation
9th Floor, 120 Wall St, New York, NY 10005
Phone: 212-334-5878 x223

Region: Central New York
Navigator: Abdul Saboor
Center: InterFaith Works of Central New York
1010 James Street, Syracuse, NY 13203
Phone: 315-449-3552 x220

Region: Finger Lakes
Navigator: Stephanie Gerspacher
Center: Action for a Better Community
49 Stone Street, Rochester, NY 14604
Phone: 585-325-5116 x3406

Region: Long Island
Navigator: Samantha Pfaff
Center: Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN)
91 N. Franklin Street, Suite 208, Hempstead, NY 11550 2000 Brentwood Road, Suite 201, Brentwood, NY 11717
Phone: Hempstead: 516-489-8330;Brentwood: 631-273-8721

Region: Mohawk Valley
Navigator: Selma Jasencic
Center: Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees
201 Bleecker Street, Utica, NY 13501
Phone: 315-738-1083 x13

Region: NYC (Brooklyn and Staten Island)
Navigator: Rhea Goveas
Center: Asian American Federation
120 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005
Phone: 212-334-5878 x223

Region: NYC (Queens)
Navigator: Jessie Ngok
Center: Asian Americans for Equality
35-34 Union Street, Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: 347-542-5894

Region: Upper Hudson Valley
Navigator: Estefany Umbach
Center: Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County
218 Church Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: 845-451-4251

Region: Westchester
Navigator: Rebecca Sussman
Neighbors Link
27 Columbus Avenue, Mount Kisco, NY 10549
Phone: 914-666-3410

Region: Western New York
Navigator: Michelle Holler
Center: Journey's End Refugee Services
2495 Main Street #530, Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: 716-882-4963